Nordea will enter the EURO STOXX 50 Index following the regular annual review of the STOXX blue-chip indices. The EURO STOXX 50 is a supersector leader index for the Eurozone region and comprises the 50 largest listed companies in the Eurozone, in terms of free-float market capitalisation. Nordea ranks as the third largest bank. This inclusion further highlights Nordea’s successful implementation of the strategy launched in 2019 and the significant improvement in financial performance, which have driven the strong share price performance.
Since 2019 Nordea has created significant shareholder value by implementing a revised strategy focusing on the Nordic markets, significantly improving the financial performance and profitability and de-risking the bank. This has been done by setting clear targets and priorities, focusing on creating great customer experiences, driving income growth initiatives and optimising operational efficiency. Achieving the targets and delivering the key priorities set in 2019 has been supported by a simplified organisational structure and clearer roles, responsibilities and accountabilities. The performance has also been reflected in Nordea’s share price, which has, over the last three years, outperformed the STOXX Europe 600 Banks Index by approximately 65% while delivering a total shareholder return of approximately 90%.
At its Capital Markets Day in February 2022, Nordea raised the bar with an updated business plan and a new financial target for 2025. Through 2025 our priorities are to create the best omnichannel customer experience, drive focused and profitable growth and increase operational and capital efficiency. Nordea continues to deliver on its promises and create value for shareholders supported by market-leading performance and significant shareholder distributions.
“I am very pleased to see Nordea included in the flagship index for the Eurozone, together with many other leading brands. This is a great milestone and compliment to all the hard work we have been doing over the past few years. Our way forward is to raise the bar on our financial performance, drive best-in-class omnichannel customer experiences – and create further value for our customers, shareholders and broader society,” says President and Group CEO Frank Vang-Jensen.
The EURO STOXX 50 also serves as a reference index for a wide range of investment products such as exchange-traded funds (ETFs), futures, options and other investment products worldwide. Thus, the inclusion may result in increased liquidity in the Nordea shares.